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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► President-elect Donald Trump continues to arrange his cabinet in advance of taking office next month. Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to serve as head of the Department of Homeland Security. Trump also wants Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for U.S. Ambassador to China. As the Washington Post explains, Branstad has a homie in China:
Branstad has extensive ties to China and a personal friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping that dates back decades. If his nomination goes through, the move could help reassure China’s leadership that Trump understands the importance of healthy relations with Beijing…
…China’s Foreign Ministry did not confirm the report, but reacted warmly.
“First of all, I would like to say that Mr. Branstad is an old friend of the Chinese people and we welcome him to play a greater role in promoting Sino-U.S. relations,” spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news conference.
► President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter Account, which may or may not be making autonomous decisions about the free world, totally f’ed up Boeing’s stock on Tuesday with a fact-free tirade about the price of the new Air Force One upgrades.
► President Obama and millions of Americans are recognizing today the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. From CNN:
The President noted that he would be making a historic visit to the USS Arizona Memorial later this month with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“As a testament that even the most bitter of adversaries can become the closest of allies, I look forward to visiting the USS Arizona Memorial later this month along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” he said. “This historic visit will stand as a tribute to the power of reconciliation and to the truth that the United States and Japan — bound by an alliance unimaginable 75 years ago—will continue to work hand-in-hand for a more peaceful and secure world.”
Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the site since the end of World War II.
Just about every Colorado news outlet is covering local angles on the 75th anniversary of the attack.
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